Bath Park & Ride
Please note new Park & Ride fares from 31st March 2013
|Current Fare||From 31 March 2013|
|Return Trip (Mon-Fri)||£3.00||£3.20|
|Return Trip (Sat-Sun-BH)||£2.50||£2.50|
|10 Journey Ticket||£12||£13|
Extra 390 spaces now available at Lansdown Park & Ride
This February, Bath & North East Somerset Council announced the completion of expansion works at Lansdown Park & Ride site. An extra 390 spaces are now available to people travelling into the city for work or leisure. The council has already extended Odd Down Park & Ride by 230 spaces and plans to create a further 250 spaces at the Newbridge site this autumn.
Bath's popular Park & Ride bus services have been a feature of the city for the past 26 years. In 2011 there were over 1.7 million passenger journeys on the three routes linking the sites at Lansdown, Newbridge and Odd Down with the city centre. In a recent survey by the National Highways & Transport Network, Bath's Park & Rides were rated second highest in the country by local residents.
Bath Park & Ride services now run seven days a week throughout the year, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Easter Sunday. The extended operating times cater for the increasing number of people who travel into Bath to work, shop or visit on Sundays. Although there has been a tremendous growth in Sunday shopping in recent years, very few cities operate Park & Rides on all seven days.
In October 2012, First invested in 8 new 75-seat low-carbon hybrid diesel/electric double-deck vehicles to operate the Bath Park & Ride services and. The government funded part of the capital cost through an award from its Green Bus Fund. Trials of a hybrid vehicle have been carried out over the past two years as part of the Civitas project, funded by the European Union. As well as being greener and fully accessible, the new buses have leather seats, Wi-Fi, next stop display information and climate control on the upper deck.
More improvements are on the way, as part of the £27m Bath Transportation Package. Expansion work at the three Park & Ride sites has provided 230 new parking spaces at Odd Down, with 390 more spaces set to become available at Lansdown soon. Plans are also in hand to provide a new amenity building at the Newbridge site, together with 250 more spaces. Real-time information displays will be installed at the Park & Ride bus stops this year, and users will be able to get up-to-the-minute information online and by SMS text messaging.